It’s the bane of many a light sleeper. The unrelenting sound of someone clearly enjoying a deep slumber and snoring their head off, in the process, denying others the same luxury.
In a poll of 3,000 adults 54% said they were kept awake by their loved one’s snoring.
Snoring is such a problem that one hotel chain has employed people to do ‘Snore patrols’ and introduced ‘snore absorption’ rooms to combat noisy sleepers. Those who snore too loudly will get a knock on the door from the monitors who will be listening out for offensive noises.
This however isn’t an option at home. Snoring is a problem that affects four out of 10 adults in the UK and it can have devastating effects on relationships due to sleep deprivation.
But there are some lifestyle changes that you can do to reduce your chances of snoring:
– Losing weight: if you have a collar size of 16½ inches or greater, you may not have the muscle tone needed to keep the airway open sufficiently at night to allow normal breathing.
– Sleeping position: while sleeping on your back, your tongue, your chin and any excess fatty tissue under your chin may relax back and squash your airway. Sleeping on your side could prevent this.
– Alcohol: alcohol slows the brain’s responses, causing the muscles to relax even more than during a normal night’s sleep. Additionally alcohol causes nasal airway irritation and congestion that increases the airway resistance when breathing.
However if you are not heavily overweight and snore at all time, regardless of your alcohol consumption, your snoring could be caused by a stuffy nose, a blocked nose or an enlarged uvola, for which treatments like Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) and Radiofrequency could help.
Before your partner introduces a snoring patrol, talk to your doctor to see what you can do to reduce your snoring. They will thank you for that!